Re: RE: Additional roles for technical writers

Subject: Re: RE: Additional roles for technical writers
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:10:55 -0500

There is also Open Office or Office Libre (open source version of MS
Office). I rarely need to create diagrams, so I don't tend to ask
management for a Visio license. The few occasions when I need to create
diagrams, I can usually manage with Office Draw. The only caveat is that
there are far fewer image templates for Draw (I did finally manage to track
down some servers that I liked for my architecture diagrams). But if
you're creating flow charts? You should be fine with the default boxes and
arrows.

On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:47 AM, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com> wrote:

> For proof of concept, you can create flow charts in MS Word. There are
> also free alternatives (Gliffy, etc.).
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cardimon, Craig
> Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:41 AM
> To: Dan Goldstein; 'TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)'
> Subject: RE: Additional roles for technical writers
>
> Getting approval to buy software, especially something new, can be
> difficult.
>
> I would need to build a proof-of-concept first.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Goldstein
> Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:37 AM
> To: TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)
> Subject: RE: Additional roles for technical writers
>
> The best way to learn this is to do it. You'll need flow-charting software
> (big fan of Visio here) and the ability to interview the folks who actually
> run the current processes. Of course, there are a million examples online
> to inspire you. Once you document a process clearly, the people who use it
> should have ideas for improving it.
>
> As for selling the concept , if your company is subject to US regulations
> or any international standard (e.g., ISO), you might not need to sell this
> at all. SOPs are SOP. Otherwise, show them one good sample and see if you
> can make the sale.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cardimon, Craig
> Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:31 AM
> To: 'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'
> Subject: RE: Additional roles for technical writers
>
> How does someone start documenting business processes?
>
> How do you sell that to management?
>
>
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